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Remembering 1983: A look at the Orioles' world championship for the week of July 29-Aug. 4

It’s Eddie Murray Week as the slugging first baseman lashes two game-winning hits, plus two home runs, as the Orioles win five of seven games to keep a narrow hold on first place.

On Tankard Night, before an announced — and exuberant — crowd of 44,970, Murray lines a two-run single in the eighth inning to beat Texas, 8-6. Two nights later, he homers in a 6-0 win over the Rangers, then slams No. 22 in an 8-2 victory at Cleveland. Next game, Murray hits an RBI double in the 10th inning as the Indians fall, 4-3. It’s his 29th RBI in his past 30 games during one of those hot streaks the Orioles have come to expect.

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“That’s why he’s Eddie, I guess,” manager Joe Altobelli says.

This cartoon was printed in The Sun on Aug. 1 after the Orioles beat the Rangers, 6-0.
This cartoon was printed in The Sun on Aug. 1 after the Orioles beat the Rangers, 6-0. (Ann Feild / Baltimore Sun)

Steady Scott McGregor wins twice, giving him 10 victories in his past 11 decisions and 14 wins overall, best in the American League. Both rookie pitchers triumph: Mike Boddicker blanks Texas, in 96-degree heat, for his third shutout on the same day that Brooks Robinson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Storm Davis stymies Cleveland in that 8-2 win. It’s the seventh victory in the past eight decisions for the young right-hander.

“He’s a gem,” Altobelli says of Davis, 21.

The Orioles go 19-7 (.731) in July in what will be their best month of the regular season.

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